An event venue just south of Gluckstadt Road will likely soon be able to sell and serve alcohol after the Madison County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to grant the venue resort status.

The board voted 3-0 in the absence of District 4 Supervisor David Bishop and District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin to approve a petition from Woodbridge Commons, LLC to have its property at 119 Enterprise Drive designated as a Qualified Resort Area.

The designation will allow the venue, which has been in operation for six months and is designed to host weddings, receptions, meetings and parties to serve and sell liquor and. In some instances, resort status also allows businesses to remain open later than other normally allowed by law.

Don McGraw, the attorney representing Woodbridge Commons, presented a letter of endorsement from Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker and letters from three different civic groups — Leadership Madison County, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce.

The vote came after a brief discussion about the nature of the surrounding area. District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones expressed concern about the property line for the venue, known as The Station, backing up to the  Red Oaks Plantation subdivision and asked about the legality of allowing the sale of alcohol that close to a residential area.

After a brief interlude, board attorney Katie Snell said the county can lawfully prohibit the sale or consumption of alcohol outside of school and church zones, but, to her knowledge, it had never done that.

“Didn’t we give resort status to Lost Rabbit?” asked District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter, who represents that part of the Gluckstadt area. “That’s residential.”

He then pointed to the Town of Livingston, which also received resort status nearly a decade ago.

Ultimately, Baxter made the motion to approve and District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen seconded it. It passed without further discussion.

Woodbridge Commons is still required by law to publish its request in a periodical, then appear before the State Alcoholic Beverage Control board to get final approval.

In other action, the board:

• Acknowledged and accepted a management plan for the lake at Sulphur Springs Park.

• Authorized to advertise for the purchase of up to 25 police pursuit package vehicles.

• Approved the final plat for Bellevue Cove subdivision in the Lake Caroline neighborhood.

• Approved the final plat for Yandell Farms of Sheffield subdivision within the Cedar Green neighborhood off of Yandell Road just southeast of Deerfield.

• Accepted a proposal from JH&H Architects to assess the need to re-roof the E-pod and D-pod at the new county jail, repair the roof at the old jail and replace the roof at the Madison Annex.

• Voted to send letters of support for MCEDA’s Build Grant application to Mississippi’s legislative delegation in Washington, D.C.